Wild Thing Yoga Pose
Image of courtesy of Yogajournal.com
Images of Maggie Anderson by Morayo Sayles
Wild Thing is such a fun pose! It’s a great lead in to other deeper backbends as you flow through your practice. We are opening our hearts and allowing for expansion when in this pose. Learn where we can bend and be open to new people and situations, as well as to forgive and to love. Breathe and have fun with it! I love to teach this one. I usually hear a few giggles or outright laughter because it’s not always an easy-to-get-into pose to start, but once you get it, you get it and it’s there…the opening and the love. Enjoy exploring openness.
Directions on how to come into the pose:
From Down Dog, begin to take a hip opener pose, by lifting your left leg high in Down Dog Splits to the hip opener. Flex your foot, bend your left knee and lift this leg up and over to the right, stack your hips (see below images). Stay here for a moment.
Then flip your dog (as in first photo above). Turning your right hand and back foot at an angle, coming onto the outside of your right foot, press your weight into your right hand. Lift your left arm up and over sweeping above the head and behind you as you arch your back and lift your hips. Curl your head back as you elongate the neck and allow the head to gaze over behind you. Open your heart and express.
You can either continue to play with this pose back and forth and then hold for a few more breaths. Then slowly come back out and into Down Dog. Bend your knees to the mat and slide your hips back to Child’s pose. Take five deep cleansing breaths. Then repeat on the other side.
When not to do this pose or to modify/Contraindications:
Avoid practicing this pose if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or rotator cuff injuries. Also, be mindful of any back issues and always listen to your body.
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